The English neurologist, Oliver sacks, says that although autism is seen as a medical condition, it should also be seen as a whole way of being, a profoundly different form of identity.
If you are parents of autistic children, respect the way of life of your children, no matter what they do or do not do. Always tell them that you love them.
Here are some tips that we find inBehavioral Intervention for young children with autism, by Catherine Maurice, A Handbook for Parents and Professionals of Autistic Children:
1- Nothing better than living one day after another, positively. You can't control the future, but you can control today and now.
2- Never underestimate the potential of your child. Encourage him. Offer space, encouragement, and always expect he develops his abilities to the maximum. Do not forget that your child has the capacity to learn, no matter how small.
3- Search positive support. Family and professionals with whom to share experiences, advice and encouragement.
4- Provide and offer your child a good educational and learning environment, from the beginning of his childhood.
5- Consider and do not leave aside the feelings and needs of your partner and your other children. Remember that the autistic child will not have more love from you because you waste more time with him.
6- Regarding your decisions and attitudes, answer first to your conscience. Then your son. You don't need to justify your actions to friends or other people.
7- Be honest with your feelings. You can't be a super mom or a super dad 24 hours a day. Allow yourself to be wrong, frustrated, saddened, whenever necessary. It is inevitable for everyone.
8- Be good, generous and gentle with yourself. Don't just focus on what you still have to do. You must look back and see what you've already achieved.
9- From time to time, stop to smell the roses. Give value to how much you have achieved in life even if it seems normal to you.
10- Keep calm and never lose your sense of humor. Laughing is one of the best ways to avoid stress and discouragement.
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